Torcello Island, Venice

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#4 of 11 in Parks in Venice
Spend a few hours on Torcello Island, and you'll understand why Ernest Hemingway chose this as his writing base in 1948. The Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta dates back to 639 CE and houses 11th- and 12th-century Byzantine art, including a depiction of the Last Judgment. Look out from the bell tower for views of the countryside. The island also is home to two 14th-century palaces, the Palazzo dell'Archivo and the Palazzo del Consiglio. The latter, originally the seat of the island's government, is now a museum. Stop by Locanda Cipriani, the restaurant and hotel where Hemingway wrote "Across the River and Into the Trees." Take a look at our Venice trip itinerary builder tool to schedule your visit to Torcello Island and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 18, 2017
    Islet really interesting for its archaeological remains that still are found ... a haven of peace where you have places to stay and eat good food ... really quaint ... to visit!!
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  • August 17, 2017
    Tipical Venice restaurant, only fresh fish, only Venice people! Good, cheap and you can eat your plate because is eatable!  more »
  • August 17, 2017
    If you want to get away from all the madness that is Venice visit Torcello! It's small but beautifully formed! There is a lovely hotel - Locanda Cipriani - that we will stay in at some stage. We tried...  more »

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